Don’t wait until it’s too late to start doing what really matters to you, or be with those you love the most!
Being here in the Maldives made me think how my personality shaped me and my path.
I never had any interest in corporate jobs and their related careers. Big executive titles like “CEO”, “Managing Director” or “Work Worshipper” (as I like to call them) never inspired me. Possessing a 15 bedroom villa or a Ferrari either.
I was lucky enough to know pretty early who I did NOT want to be.
I was 16 and my favorite class was Philosophy. I always loved a good challenging debate. Discussing the meaning of life, happiness, what does matter to you, etc.
Those are the most important questions you need to ask yourself. The answers are Key to your personal fulfillment and happiness.
I knew by then I wanted to do something different. But what? At the time, I thought about pursuing movie production.
Social media or blogging was not really on my mind, but I knew my goal was to inspire and empower people positively thru digital content.
My parents went nuts -literally – when I announced them I will enroll in a digital production course in Lisbon once graduating from High School. “From what would you live?”, “You are not in Hollywood! There is nothing for you here.”, “You don’t even speak English.”, those were not only their concerns and insecurities but also mines.
Ultimately, those insecurities led me to go to Law School – a secure degree for a secure life.
2 years later I dropped college. I was feeling frustrated, unfit, and that I was loosing my time. There is nothing worse than not feeling fulfilled by what you do and waking up every morning uninspired by your own journey.
Today, 8 years since my Philosophy classes and 4 since I dropped college, I’m writing this here at the Maldives, the feet on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, watching another beautiful sunset, and simply “Celebrating Life”.
Life is short, they say. But if you live it with purpose and fulfillment, One is enough.
You already have wings. All you need is taking the risk to fly!
Photography: Diogo Novo
Hotel: Lux* South Ari Atoll